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Senior Send-off 2018

May 21, 2018
The faculty and staff of Silverdale Baptist Academy wanted to leave the graduating Class of 2018 with some walks down memory lane, and words of wisdom as they venture into the next chapter of their lives. Enjoy this year's Senior Send-Off!

Ginger Pierce

Senior Worldview and Apologetics Teacher

Class of 2018,

It's hard to believe that it's already time to send you off into the world. As you leave SBA, I hope you feel prepared in all areas, but most importantly in your ability to share and defend your faith. As you learned this year, our postmodern culture is built on the assumption that there are no big stories: no universal truths that apply to all people in all circumstances. In the absence of absolute truth, all our culture is left with is interpretation. With no absolute truth, there is "no longer any up or down" as the postmodern philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche said. With no absolute truth, there is no greater good and no grand purpose beyond our own pleasure and amusement. We are simply left to drift aimlessly in a sea of irrelevance and triviality. But, this is not how God has called His people to live. So, I challenge you to think and live differently than the culture around you. Live above the triviality. Don't be "carried about by every wind of doctrine" as James said. You know the truth and you also know that the truth never changes, regardless of whether or not people believe it. So stand firm on the immovable, immutable Rock of Christ and the gospel that has been preserved for you in God's Word. The gospel is a treasure greater than any other you might be hoping for in life. All others will leave you empty. So, soak in the truth of the Gospel and let it permeate every aspect of who you are, but don't stop there. Live on mission and actively search out opportunities to share this gospel with others. I love you all and I leave you with the words of Jude 1:24-25: "Now, to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy, to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority before all time and now and forever. Amen."

Brenda Rayburn

Director of Fine Arts

I know you are hearing this from everyone but it is so true that time seems to have flown by since the days when I used to see so many of you in the elementary hallways. You are a very gifted group in many ways and you will be greatly missed. From a personal perspective, I will certainly miss those of you that have contributed so much in the area of the arts - theater, band, vocal music, praise band and visual art. God gave you those talents and He had a purpose for doing so. Use them for His glory! Thank you for sharing your talents with SBA and remember...Once a Seahawk, always a Seahawk! You are in my prayers. Go change the world for God's kingdom!

Callie Crews

Middle and High School Latin and Drama Teacher

To the Class of 2018,

I am so very proud of you! I have enjoyed teaching several of you from 6th grade all the way through high school! I know God has great plans for you and I have been so blessed to be your teacher and to see you serving our school and the community so selflessly. Thank you for mentoring to the younger students and showing them what it means to walk in faith.

All the best,

Mrs. Crews

Shelly Robertson

Director of Preschool

It is an amazing privilege to have seen so many of you graduate from our Preschool program and NOW you are graduating High School on the same stage completing a milestone even bigger! I am so proud of each of you and I pray that the foundations that began in Preschool and carried on through High School will serve you well. May the Lord Bless and keep you! Warmly!

Rhonda Hawkins

6th Grade Teacher

To my 2011 6th grade homeroom guys: It's been a privilege watching all of you grow into such great young men. I'm certainly not surprised with all you've accomplished, and I'm so very proud of all of you! I know you're making plans for the future, but no matter where your path leads, always remember what you've been taught here and keep God first in everything you do. Go use the gifts that God has blessed you with and share the love that's been given to you.

Dina Couch

6th Grade Teacher

What a special group of individuals you are!!! I knew back when you were in 6th grade that you would do great things, and how right I was!! We have had great moments with you on the fields, on the courts, on the stage, and weekly during chapels. Thank you for sharing your talents and gifts with SBA as you wrote this chapter of your story! I look forward to seeing where each of your journeys take you!

I wish you MUCH SUCCESS and MANY BLESSINGS as you graduate and go out into the "big people world".

Remember to always look to Him!


Mrs. Couch

Pray that the Lord your God will show us what to do and where to go". Jeremiah 42:3

Joy Fisk

High School English Teacher

This was my first year here and I had the pleasure of sharing a senior homeroom with Mrs. Johnson. You made me feel so welcome at Silverdale, and I continued to be impressed with your drive, your creativity, your hard work, your talent in the arts and at sports, your sense of humor, and your kindness as a class. What an incredible group! I enjoyed getting to know you a bit better at Camp Skyline and seeing how competitive you are and how much you love to have fun. I loved seeing you lead the way for revival at our school, praying for your classmates, and leading us in worship. I will treasure the memories of the random conversations you had in my homeroom, the clever costumes on spirit days, the occasional funny rants, the raucous laughter and conversations about which Marvel superhero is the best (clearly Thor). We will miss you, Class of 2018!

Evan Pierce

7th & 8th Grade Bible Teacher

Titus Freuler

Dean of Students

Class of 2018, Your significance is in Christ alone, therefore, may you always keep your eyes focused on Jesus, the author and perfecter of your faith! Hebrews 12:2

Trisha Morgan

Upper School Receptionist

It has been an absolute honor and joy to serve you and taking care of you this year. I will so miss the talks, serenades, hugs, and laughs from this class. I will even miss handing out the countless Ibuprofens and Dylan Bryant's infamous whistle! You all are so dear to my heart and I will cherish every memory made with you. Praying blessings for each of you as you begin this new chapter. You did it!

Margarita Ioannidis

High School Dean of Academics

Class of 2018, I am so very proud of you and I love you with all my heart! Thank you for the precious memories and the legacy you are leaving behind, one of a passion for God and spiritual growth. You changed the spiritual climate in our school community and you led our high school so well! You are our pride and joy!

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